After three consecutive McLaren poles, Felipe Massa returned Ferrari to the top spot after pipping points leader Hamilton. By MARK HUGHES
With a lack of dry running preparation time, as well as gusting autumnal winds and occasional rain showers, not to mention random red flags, this was perhaps the most challenging qualifying session to date.
With a combination of Magny-Cours' flowing, long-duration bends and recent aero mods to the F2007 (see Tech Focus), Ferrari was in resurgent form here. The difficulty in getting heat into its front tyres had gone, and its drivers suddenly had a car with a front end they could lean on. Only a heavier fuel load disguised the red cars' significant pace advantage over McLaren.
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